The Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves never got to the point last Thursday where their benches cleared and players were jawing at each other — aka what passes for a "brawl" in MLB these days — but the league found it fit on Tuesday to punish players on each side of the near-skirmish.
Rockies relief pitcher Nick Masset was suspended for three games by the league and fined an undisclosed amount, after it decided he intentionally hit Evan Gattis of the Braves with a pitch. After Masset was ejected from the game, he got high-fives from his teammates, signaling his plunking of Gattis was indeed intentional and approved.
That was the final act of a tit-for-tat between the teams that started with Rockies hitter Corey Dickerson hitting Braves catcher Gerald Laird on a backswing the inning prior. After Laird was forced to leave the game, Braves pitcher David Carpenter hit Dickerson on the very next pitch.
Carpenter was ejected from the game, but wasn't suspended for his actions by MLB. He was, however, fined an undisclosed amount.
The difference in the two punishments? Masset's plunking of Gattis came after both benches were warned.
Masset has appeared in 20 games for the Rockies this season, carrying a 4.00 ERA. He's allowed to appeal his suspension, and unless he does, Masset will sit out starting Tuesday night when the Rockies play the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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